Rarely does Valentine's Day pass by without your notice. Evenif you are single and think the day has no significance, the day will arrive and you will want a relationship more than usual. If you are in a relationship and Valentine's Day does not get celebrated, it will leave hurt and resentment in its wake.
I invite you to think of Valentine's Day as "Focus on Love Day," as opposed to "Hurt About Lack of Love Day" or "Ignore Being Single Day."
Below you will find ways to make your "Focus on Love Day"extraordinarily romantic, whether you are in a long-term relationship, dating or single.
A note for people who are in a new relationships, or who are dating someone but are not in a committed relationship: At the beginning of a relationship, it is best not to have too manyexpectations about how Valentine's Day will be celebrated. It isalso best not to get disappointed if it is not celebrated injust the way you would want. In time, as you and your partnerget closer, both of you will be able to celebrate Valentine'sDay -- and other holidays -- in more meaningful ways.
This Valentine's Day, create a perfect "Focus on Love Day" foryourself, regardless of what your dating partner may or may nothave planned for you. Look at the suggestions for singles below. Then, do something small but meaningful for your dating partner. Look for suggestions for couples below, but tone theactivity down a bit.
And now, ten ways to make your "Focus on Love Day" extraordinarily romantic: 1. A Wonderful DayCouples: See if you can start to notice what your partner dreams about and wishes for. Listen for small, attainable things that can make a big difference. Alternatively, subtly question your partner about what he or she pictures as the perfect Valentine's Day. Now take the information you have gathered and make it into a wonderful day for him or her. Singles: If you had a partner, what would you have him or her do to create your wonderful Valentine's Day? Create it for yourself -- love yourself that much. 2. A Beautiful Card + One Beautiful RoseCouples: Buy or make a lovely card, then fill it to the brim with words of love, admiration and appreciation. By "fill it to the brim," I mean leave no white space untouched. Present it with one beautiful rose. Singles: Buy or make a lovely card for yourself, and just as above, fill it to the brim with words you want to hear from your future lover. Seal the envelope and open it on Valentine's Day. Present it to yourself with one beautiful rose. 3. Valentine's Day Is Not Just for WomenCouples: Ladies, I have it on good authority that guys want to be celebrated, too. So get him flowers and candy and a card!
Singles: Guys, give yourself that same wonderful Valentine's Day that a relationship partner would give you. You may feel silly, but you will also feel good. 4. Say Goodbye to Obligation, Say Hello to an Open HeartCouples: Don't give or do anything out of obligation this Valentine's Day. Give only from your heart. No matter how good or bad your relationship is going, get in touch with how much you truly love and appreciate your partner. Give from that space. Singles: Don't beat yourself up for not having a partner. You have not failed. You are not bad. Valentine's Day can be "Focus on Love for Yourself Day" as easily as "Focus on Love for Another Day." 5. The Gift of Undivided AttentionCouples: Give your partner the gift of undivided attention and see if he or she doesn't find that the most romantic thing going. Singles: Give yourself the gift of your own undivided attention. Take away all of the distractions and be with yourself the way you would want your partner to be with you. 6. Gift of Communication, Part ICouples: Men, allow your woman to talk about whatever her heart desires -- and listen. Ladies, let your man talk or answer your questions without finishing his sentences for him, interrupting him or moving on to the next topic. See if this doesn't make sparks fly.
Singles: Either find a person who will listen to you the way you need to be heard, or give yourself space and time to listen to your own thoughts and feelings or to journal. 7. Gift of Communication, Part IICouples: Ladies, give your man the gift of sitting down next to him in silence. No talking allowed! Men, give your lady the gift of talking and sharing from your heart. No closing down, walling up or running away allowed! Singles: Either silence or open heart, give yourself whichever one you need. 8. A Gift With InterestCouples: Is your partner into computers, and you don't know a mouse from a monitor? Or is she into gardening, but to you a rose is just a rose? Give your partner the gift of your interest in something that is important to him or her. Go ahead, ask your partner a question about it and see the smile light up his or her face. Singles: Give yourself the gift of time to pursue your important interests. Take the time to do something that nourishes you and makes you happy. 9. The TrustCouples: Ladies, give the man in your life the gift of trusting him to know how and when to take care of himself and you. Trust that he will do the best he can for Valentine's Day. Gentlemen, hold her trust sacred, and learn to listen for subtle requests. Then honor them. The celebration of love will feel good to both of you.
Singles: Today, trust your process and your fate. Today, trust that you, too, will be loved and cherished by a partner. Today, remember all the people who already love and cherish you. 10. A Shower of WordsCouples: Write your loved one a love letter or poem and read it to him or her on Valentine's Day. Here come the tears. Singles: Write yourself a love letter or poem, exactly the way you would want it written by a lover. Read it to yourself out loud and have a tissue ready. Master Certified Relationship Coach Rinatta Paries coaches singles to attract and build loving, fulfilling, long-term relationships. For more information about Coach Rinatta Paries and the myriad of services she has created for singles, visit her Web site, WhatItTakes.com.